Registering for the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar at the Commission on Filipinos Overseas

Before a Filipino emigrant can leave the country, he or she will have to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) given by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in Manila. This is a required seminar for any Filipino moving to another country. It is mandated by the law and immigration will not clear you to leave the country without proving that you have attended the PDOS.

Thankfully, registering for the seminar is relatively easy. In this post, we’ll give you a general outline on what to do to secure your PDOS slot. Oh! But please remember that you will need to already have your Permanent Resident Visa and official Landing Papers before you can register for the PDOS.

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Canadian Express Entry Draw Breaks Records Once Again!

February 22, 2017 saw the lowest CRS point requirement for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to become a Canadian Permanent Resident at 441 points.

Well… that record lasted a total of 10 days.

Yesterday, March 1 2017 was the 55th Express Entry (EE) draw for the year which saw point requirements hit an all time low of 434 CRS points! A total of 3,884 invitations were issued for this round.

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Express Entry Draw Update: 2016 Analysis

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we wrote a simple analysis of Canada’s Express Entry for immigrants last 2015 (click here to revisit that post). 2016 really blew by fast and it was a very eventful year for CIC with some policy changes coming into effect towards the latter part of the year (those details, here).

Did those changes have any effect on Express Entry’s numbers for 2016? How did the numbers fare vs. 2015? Let’s find out.

By the Numbers

2016-ee-table

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Officially Immigrants! :)

After getting our Passport Request (PPR) last February 6, 2017 and submitting our passports on February 9, we were surprised to learn about the speedy return of our documents last Monday, February 20, 2017. Our agency then invited us back to their office yesterday to pick up the passports, along with our landing papers and other documents.

All in all, it only took twelve days for our passports to get back to us with our Immigrant Visas. We were told that this was processed pretty fast and it was probably due to the light load that the Canadian Embassy typically has during this time of the year.

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Our immigrant visas 🙂

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Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program Updates (PEIPNP)

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Now this one is close to our hearts. 🙂

According to cicnews.com the province of Prince Edward Island has reopened their Provincial Nomination Program after deciding to stop accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) midway through 2016. This comes on the heels of Ontario also deciding to reopen their Provincial Nominee Program within the next week.

The article also points our a few interesting facts about the PEI PNP, some of which we didn’t know about despite being nominees of the province.

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